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Review of ‘Sweet Tea and Secrets’ by Nancy Naigle

Sweet Tea and Secrets (An Adams Grove Novel, #1)Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first in the series of Adams Grove Novels.
A very easy to read book. Jill has returned to Adams Grove for a surprise party for her grandmother, Pearl, who had brought Jill up. She is not looking forward to meeting Garrett, her boyfriend from schooldays, who broke her heart, forcing her to move away to the city and taking a job working for Bradley. Things don’t work out as Jill expected. She has to face up to the sudden loss of someone she thought would always be there for her. Then Pearl’s secrets come to the surface and things suddenly become dangerous for Jill. It is quite a predictable read; a bit far-fetched in places. I think we all know how the story will end, but as I said it is easy to read, ideal for holidays when you don’t want to read anything too taxing.

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Review of ‘It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend’ (Wouldn’t it?) by Sophie Ranald

It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister's Boyfriend (Wouldn't it?)It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend by Sophie Ranald
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ellie and her younger sister, Rose, share a flat. Anyone looking at them could tell they were sisters, but there the similarity ends. Rose is slim, elegant, and attractive and spends an inordinate amount of money in keeping up her appearance. She attracts a succession of wealthy men, but the relationships never last. Ellie on the other hand, has no real interest in her looks and thinks it wrong that her sister makes so many sacrifices to keep her looks. Ellie also has Ben, who she tells everyone – Is Not Her Boyfriend!
Ellie has never shown any interest in Rose’s boyfriends, that is until Rose brings Oliver home. Ellie is immediately bowled over by him. He takes her breath away. Ellie confides in her best friend, Claire, who suggests she try to lure Oliver away from Rose. Ellie loses weight, buys a new wardrobe of clothes, changes her job, keeps track of where Oliver goes, all to make herself more attractive to Oliver. Without giving away any more of the plot away, the story then follows Ellie’s ups and downs in her quest to bag Oliver. It is an entertaining, funny story, well written.
Now comes the ‘but’ and in my opinion, a very big ‘BUT’. Why the need to use the ‘C’ word? Was it really necessary to enhance the story? I personally find this word offensive. There are so many other descriptive words to use. I felt that this word was dropped in here and there just for the fun of it. It spoilt what was an otherwise good read and is the reason why I have only given it 2* when it could have warranted more. I am also surprised that a female author feels the need to use such words. The ‘F’ word seems to be creeping in everywhere and seems to be coming acceptable. How soon before the ‘C’ word unfortunately becomes just as acceptable?

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Review of The Truth Will Out by Jane Isaac

The Truth Will OutThe Truth Will Out by Jane Isaac
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eva and Naomi are discussing over the internet, something that they had been unfortunately drawn into. They are both scared. Suddenly Naomi hears a sound behind her and a gloved hand appears on the screen. Naomi is obviously being attacked, but by who? Eva panics, takes a few seconds to call for an ambulance then rushes to her car and heads north towards Scotland, all the while ringing Naomi on her mobile, hoping for a reply, hoping that her friend is alright. Straight away, I was left wondering why didn’t Eva just go straight to the police? Why just run away when she doesn’t know if her friend is alive or dead.
DCI Helen Lavery is called in to lead the investigation. I liked the character of DCI Lavery with all her baggage, being a widow, bringing up 2 teenage sons, coping with a stressful job. Lavery is suddenly removed from the investigation as it is handed over to an ex lover of hers – DI Dean Fitzpatrick. She can’t understand why.
It is basically a good story, with many twists and turns, but most of the time I was ahead of the plot, with the background being drip fed out. By the time I read the reasons for Eva and Naomi to be in such a dangerous situation, I had already guessed why, which was a bit annoying and did spoil it a bit for me.

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Back off Holidays!

We had a great holiday travelling to New York on the Queen Mary 2, which was a wonderful experience. Then 4 days spent in New York visiting all the touristy places. Thank you New York for being such a friendly place. I read several books while away, a mix of good and bad and am now getting my reviews ready. Watch this space over the next few days!

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